Former Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence has urged the club to make a move for Stoke City’s Jack Butland.
The England number one has been linked with a move to Anfield this Summer as he fights against relegation from the Premier League with his current side – who visit Anfield this weekend.
And Clemence has backed manager Jurgen Klopp to put in a bid for the World Cup hopeful.
“For eighteen months at Anfield I was watching them and I was closing my eyes because I didn’t know what the hell was going to happen.” he is quoted by the Daily Star.
“If only I had a pair of gloves!
“I know Simon Mignolet really well I keep in contact with him on Twitter and stuff and I feel sorry for him.
“I looked at the two keepers at the start of the year and thought ‘Simon Mignolet is a good shot stopper, he’s not great on crosses, not great on distribution and I’m not sure how he controls the back four, though it is more difficult now because you have different nationalities in front of you’.
“And then I looked at the German lad and I thought, ‘Good looking lad but I’m not sure what his strengths are’.
“I still think to be a team that has got a chance of winning the league title is that we need a top quality goalkeeper.” he added.
Clemence mentioned Butland as the man he would set his sights on this Summer and cited his personal experience of working with him as his reasoning.
“I’d go with Jack Butland of Stoke.” he continued.
“I’ve known Jack since he was fifteen. I’ve worked with him since he was sixteen.
“If ever I saw somebody who was focused on being the England goalkeeper, or being a top goalkeeper from a young age, it was him.
“He’s one of these lovely people. When you are talking to people, it’s great when they look you in the eye and you know they are taking it in, and they want to learn from experienced people.” he finished.
It remains to be seen whether Klopp agrees.